Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Homes

When this year's Holiday Catalogue came out, I knew the Holiday Home stamp set & matching dies were going to be high on my wishlist. With the mixture of sentiments and images to go along with the houses, it's a very versatile set. For Halloween I wanted to do something fun with the houses, and I am really happy with what I came up with. The Holiday Home set is a photopolymer set, as opposed to Stampin' Up!'s traditional red rubber.

The beauty of photopolymer is that you can bend it to change the shape of the image. The downside of this is you can't then use the matching dies to cut them out, but I can live with that every now and then!

For this card I stamped and coloured my houses with Blendabilities. With the colour of lighting int he windows I wanted my pumpkin to be a similar shade, and not stamped on white. So I stamped it on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and cut it out but stamped the face on the reverse. For the background I brayered Island Indigo ink on Bermuda Bay cardstock, and stamped some tree - some even with bent trunks.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, vellum cardstock, vellum paper
Stamp sets: Holiday Home
Ink: Memento Black, Island Indigo
Accessories: Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, brayer, Bitty Banners die
Shows watched while creating: Sleepy Hollow, Castle

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Warrior Cats

Making a habit of this - yet another card with no stamping, no ink! The images probably don't make a lot of sense to most of you, but for anyone familiar with the book series Warriors it will be obvious the symbols represent the cat clans. I was very grateful for the few that are simpler that I was able to pull off by using punches, as the others were tricky to try and sketch the design in reverse on the back as a cutting guide!

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Basic Grey, Soft Sky, Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Stamp sets: none
Ink: none
Accessories: Hexagon punch (as a guide), Star punch from Merry Minis punch pack, 8-petal flower from Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, 1/2" circle punch

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TBT - Chevron Birthdays

When the Birthday Cake stamp came out last year, I immediately knew how I was going to use it - it was begging to be teamed up with the small chevron from the Tasteful Trims die! It was a lot of work, putting the die through the Big Shot so many times to get enough chevrons for the background, but totally worth it!

Then there was the matter of the Positively Chevron background stamp that also came out last year. It had crossed my mind when I had done the other card, but I had dismissed it as I thought inking it up in multiple colours would be too difficult. But the idea kept playing on my mind, and eventually I decided I just had to give it a go and find out for sure. Turns out while it was time consuming, it did still give a good result if you go over it a few times. My method for something like this is to ink it up and stamp it off on a scrap of paper. This serves two purposes, to see how the colour combination and placement work in actuality, and to get some ink on the stamp so less is taken up by the rubber next time and more should be transfered to the cardstock. When I ink the stamp again, I finish off by putting lots of little dots along the middle of the rubber of each part to create little pools of ink in the middle of the rubber. I do this as the ink tends to be drawn to the edge and this can cause pale patches in solid areas of an image. I then give the stamp a huff so moisture in my breath dampens the whole stamp again.

Die-cut Chevron card
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Birthday Cake, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: none
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant marker, Wisteria Wonder marker, Pool Party marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, Bitty Banners die, Labels Collection die, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, dimensionals

Stamped Chevron card
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Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Birthday Cake, Positively Chevron, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: none
Accessories: Bermudy Bay marker, Summer Starfruit marker, Soft Suede marker, Tangerine Tango marker, Bitty Banners die, dimensionals

Monday, October 13, 2014

Holiday Beach Hut

The weather here has certainly been warming up, and it got me in the mood to make a summery card. Looking at the Holiday Home framelits it occured to me that they could be used for not just houses but beach huts as well! I cut out the house in white as well as the colours, then trimmed them to size. I stamped the matching house image on scrap pieces of white then cut out the door frame and attached them ink-side down. I got a little carried away and attached the white roof edging before marking in the wood panels... was mostly successful in marking them in without getting too much on the white. The clouds are simply the top of the cupcake builder punch.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, pacific Point, Naturals Ivory, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Hello Honey
Stamp sets: Holiday Home
Ink: Pink Pirouette (unseen)
Accessories: Holiday Home framelits, cupcake builder punch, Tangelo Twist marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Real Red marker, Hello Honey marker

Thursday, October 09, 2014

TBT - Happy Days

Time for more ye olde cards. Both of these were made so long ago it's a struggle remembering what I used on them! The Happy Day card was another case of products I loved but hadn't used a lot. I love old style patterns like what was used in the Beautifully Baroque stamp and embossing folder. I wanted to give the background a fuzzy velvet look and feel, so once it had been through the embossing folder I went over it with the sanding block. I've seen a lot of people do it since, particuarly with this embossing folder - great minds think alike! I then went over the indented parts of each motif with the Dazzling Details glitter glue and added some rhinestones for a luxurious sparkly effect. If there had been matching patterend paper I probably would have stamped my sentiment on that, but since there wasn't I basically made my own.

The Octonauts card was easier in some respects, as it was to accompany a present of Octonaut bath toys. So the decision of what to make the card was easy, the how was a little harder. After some experimentation (how most punch art goes!) I came up with reasonably simple ways of creating the faces, but there weren't really any short cuts I could take with the hats so they were hand cut.

Happy Day card
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
Stamp sets: Beautifully Baroque, Happy Day
Ink: VersaMark, StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: sanding block, Pool Party ruffled ribbon, Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Labels Collection die, Dazzling Details glitter glue, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Octonauts punch art card
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Cardstock: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Pool Party texturedSoft Suede, Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, Large Oval punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Small Heart punch, Slot punch, Owl Builder punch, Circle Scissors, Bitty Banners Framelits, white gel pen, Pacific Point marker, Basic Black marker

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Flowering Filigree

After loving the result of my Wildflower Meadow card last week, I thought I would do another using the emboss resist technique. For this card I teamed some of the Flowering Flourishes stamps with the Filigree Frame embossing folder. Frame designs might seem a little restrictive in that they give set dimensions to work with, and some times you will come across things that are more suited to the standard size of card in America (cardstock sizes are different, so standard card sizes are different). However, you can often work around such apparent limitations. In this case, for the background layer, I only embossed half of the cardstock, then ran it through the Big Shot a second time to emboss the other half. To do this I positioned the top plate so the end of it was halfway down the cardstock. Alternatively you can cut the panel in half and just run each one through without worrying about positioning the plates in a special way.

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Cardstock: Crisp Canteloupe, Whisper White
Stamp set: Flowering Flourishes
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Canteloupe, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, clear embossing powder, dimensionals, sponges, Filigree Frame embossing folder, Labels Collection die

Thursday, October 02, 2014

TBT - The Fox Says...

Time for another TBT, what do you say? ;)

If you are wondering what is with all the foxes, it's a play on the Ylvis song The Fox. There's little retired product on the second card, which was kind of the main idea behind TBT, but it was made quite a few months ago so falls into the theme that way. Like a lot of people I was sad the Ornament punch, as used for the foxes head on the first card, was retired. Aside from being a great shape for Christmas ornaments, it is great for punch art. Pretty sure it's one item I will never part with even if it is no longer current!

Fox punch art card
All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Crisp Canteloup, Concord Crush, Calypso Coral, textured Wisteria Wonder, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamp set: ABC-123 Outline Alphabet & Numbers
Ink: Cajun Craze
Accessories: Ornament punch, Extra-Large Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Owl Builder punch, Cupcake Builder punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, dimensionals, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Window Frames Collection dies

Forest scene card
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Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamp set: Life In The Forest, Just Sayin'
Ink: StazOn black, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie (I think!), Soft Sky
Accessories: aquapainter, white gel pen, Tempting Turquoise marker, dimensionals, Word Bubbles dies